Showing and hiding record fields

By default, grids show all of the records in a given component. However, some of the fields of these records are hidden by default. You can add more fields (shown in columns) to the grid and remove some columns from the grid.

When Alloy Navigator Express loads grid data, it retrieves from the database on the SQL Server only the visible fields' values. Therefore, hiding unnecessary fields from the grid can help avoid long waiting and reduce network traffic, especially if your network connection is slow and the number of records to retrieve is large.

NOTE: Other means to reduce network traffic and speed up loading data are Applying advanced preferences: Limiting the number of records to retrieve and applying the Advanced Filter.

To show fields in a grid:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the grid and choose Customize View from the pop-up menu to open the Customize View window, then click the Fields tab.

  2. To show a field in the grid, double-click this field in the Available Fields pane.

  3. To make visible several fields, repeat the Step 2 for each field you want to show.

  4. To show all fields, click Add All.

  5. Click OK.

To hide a field directly in a grid:

  • Right-click the heading of the column you want to hide and choose View > Column > Remove This Column from the pop-up menu.
  • NOTE: Alternatively, you can Move the column heading outside the grid using a drag-and-drop operation. The heading will be marked with the black cross when it's outside the grid.

To hide fields by using the Fields tab:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the grid and choose Customize View from the pop-up menu to open the Customize View window, then click the Fields tab.

  2. To hide a field, double-click this field in the Show These Fields pane..

  3. To hide several fields, repeat the Step 2 for each field you want to hide.

  4. To hide all fields, click Remove All.

  5. NOTE: At least one field must be shown in a grid.

  6. Click OK.